Frightening & Intense Scenes (9)

  • Mild
  • The general fairy-tale themes of child abandonment, endangerment, and kidnapping may be too disturbing for younger children and anyone with abandonment and separation anxiety issues, particularly in a few scenes showing Toby frightened and crying while surrounded by his goblin kidnappers.
  • A paranoia-inducing early scene in Toby's darkened bedroom with goblins popping out from various places, laughing at Sarah behind her back, and then disappearing before she can turn around to see them may be too traumatic for any children young and imaginative enough to be scared of there being monsters under their beds.
  • Jareth's sudden arrival through the open bedroom window, accompanied by thunder and lightning, may be too frightening for younger children, as may a scene in which he produces a snake out of a crystal ball and throws it at Sarah.
  • Sarah's sudden drop into a pit and surreal encounter with the "helping hands" on its walls may be too intense for some younger children.
  • Ludo's tormenters with their toothy stick monsters may be too disturbing and frightening for younger children.
  • Sarah and Hoggle's encounter with the "cleaner" machine, a metallic tunnel-filling device that threatens them with numerous whirling blades and spikes that look capable of shredding flesh and bone, may be too intense for younger children.
  • The concept of the "Bog of Eternal Stench" (which will make anyone who falls into it stink forever) can be too disturbing for younger children, and a couple of sequences in which characters are in serious danger of falling into it likewise too frightening.
  • The "Fireys" with their casual dribbling, juggling, and swapping of their body parts among themselves (and desire to do the same with Sarah's head) may be too disturbing for younger children sensitive about their body integrity.
  • The surreal masquerade ball with its participants' strange behavior and Sarah's obvious confusion over Jareth's romantic overtures to her can be overly confusing and therefore frightening to younger children as well.